According to our telephone conversation yesterday, we understand/understood that you would like us to finish the work as soon as possible.
Are understand and understood both acceptable in the above sentence?
(Not a Teacher)
I could hear both being used, but it's a bit dependent upon the context of the conversation.
If I were calling back to confirm that you wanted the work done as soon as possible, I would use the present "understand".
If I showed up at your door, toolbox in hand, and you asked why I was there, I would use the past "understood".
Last edited by SlickVic9000; 14-Sep-2012 at 08:17.